United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development: Report on the 9th Session, 16-27 April 2001

Sectors : Education capacity, ICT, Energy, Energy, climate change and technology, Sustainable development, Agricultural investment and production, Transport, Gender and social development, Climate change technology and research, Investment, Employment and Training
Organisation : UN
Date made: 
2001
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Commitments in: Infrastructure - ICT

“Decision 9/2
Protection of the atmosphere

6. Emphasizing the need to provide assistance to developing countries as well as to countries with economies in transition, the Commission recommends that the international community cooperate in order to:

(a) Assist in capacity-building, research, education and training, and institutional strengthening in preventing and combating air pollution, including through human resource development;

(b) Assist in improving the compilation, evaluation and analysis of data on the state of the atmosphere and air pollution and knowledge of developments in policy-making and planning at the national, regional and international levels, and promote the use of appropriate information technology to facilitate access to and sharing of information;”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Energy

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:

(a) Combining, as appropriate, the increased use of renewable energy sources, more efficient use of energy, greater reliance on advanced energy technologies, including advanced fossil fuel technologies, and the sustainable use of traditional energy resources, which could meet the growing needs for energy services in the longer term to achieve sustainable development;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:...
 
...(b) Integrating energy considerations in socio-economic programmes, especially in policy-making of major energy-consuming sectors, such as the public sector, transport, industry, agriculture, urban planning and construction;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...23. Governments, taking into account their national circumstances, are encouraged to:

(a) Strengthen and, where appropriate, establish policies on energy for rural development, including, as appropriate, regulatory systems to promote access to energy in rural areas;

(b) Develop, where necessary, specific and targeted energy service delivery structures adapted to rural needs;

(c) Promote local energy enterprises as employment opportunities, enhance local private entrepreneurs and develop local dealers to sell/maintain equipment building on local retail networks and relationships;

(d) Take into consideration the health and safety concerns of women and children in rural energy programmes;

(e) Promote research and development of the rural energy situation in support of the achievement of international development priorities, particularly poverty eradication;

(f) Promote a sustainable use of biomass and, as appropriate, other renewable energies through improvement of current patterns of use, such as management of resources, more efficient use of fuelwood and new or improved products and technologies;

 (g) Establish financial arrangements to make rural energy services affordable to the poor;

(h) Support local groups and/or non-governmental organizations in the promotion and delivery of newly developed environmentally sound technologies, including solar cooker technology;

(i) Develop and utilize indigenous energy sources and infrastructures for various local uses and promote rural community participation, including local Agenda 21 groups, with the support of the international community, in developing and utilizing renewable energy technologies to meet their daily energy needs to find simple and local solutions;

(j) Promote capacity-building in local societies and remove barriers in the implementation of policies for renewable energy development in rural areas;

(k) Promote efforts to address the disproportionate burdens experienced by women in rural areas, including carrying loads of fuelwood over long distances and suffering adverse health effects from prolonged exposure to open fires.”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:...

 ...(m) Strengthening the role of major groups, including women, inter alia, through participation in decision-making, as appropriate;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:...
 
...(n) Supporting energy conservation programmes in all economic sectors;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:...
 
...(o) Strengthening existing national and local institutions that develop, implement and operate national programmes on energy for sustainable development;

(p) Supporting research, development and demonstration for the abovementioned activities towards energy for sustainable development, including on transport systems; and enhancing regional and international cooperation in the research and development in these areas.”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...13. Governments, taking into account their national circumstances, are encouraged to:

(a) Establish or strengthen national and regional arrangements for promoting energy accessibility within the country;

(b) Improve access to modern biomass technologies and fuel wood sources and supplies and commercializing biomass operations, including the use of agricultural residues, where such practices are sustainable;

(c) Support the transition to the use of liquid and gaseous fossil fuels, where considered more environmentally sound, socially acceptable and cost-effective;

(d) Develop locally available energy resources for greater energy diversification, where considered more environmentally sound, socially acceptable and cost-effective, with increasing use of renewable energy resources;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...15. Governments, taking into account their national circumstances, are encouraged to:

(a) Strengthen public awareness programmes to mobilize all stakeholders;

(b) Promote an enabling environment for encouraging energy service companies for research and investments in energy efficiency;

(c) Provide incentives for energy conservation in all sectors, taking into account domestic priorities;

(d) Develop, as appropriate, at the country and regional level, energy efficiency programmes and policy options;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...(e) Strengthen capacity-building, including education and training, ranging from energy planning to technical engineering, to improve the performance of energy and materials use;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...
 
...(g) Integrate, as appropriate, energy efficiency considerations into the planning, operation and maintenance of long-lived energy consuming infrastructures, notably transport, urban lay-out, industry, agriculture and tourism;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...17. Governments, taking into account their national circumstances, are encouraged to:

(a) Develop and implement appropriate national, regional and international policies and measures to create an enabling environment for the development, utilization and distribution of renewable energy sources;

(b) Develop domestic programmes to increase the contribution of renewable energies to total energy consumption;”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Environment - Sustainable development

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...8. Foremost in the developing countries’ priorities is the eradication of poverty for the furtherance of sustainable development. Efforts should therefore be made to ensure that energy policies are supportive to developing countries’ efforts to eradicate poverty, with financial assistance, as appropriate...”
 

Scope: 
International